Revision Rhinoplasty FAQ

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | July 15, 2018, 12:26 p.m.

What is a revision rhinoplasty?

A revision rhinoplasty involves reconstructing the nose and fixing any aesthetic and/or functional issues involved with a previous rhinoplasty.


Is there less recovery time for a revision rhinoplasty?

A revision rhinoplasty is typically less invasive than the first rhinoplasty done, depending on the patient, meaning that there will be less bruising than the first time. The recovery time is still typically 1 week because the nose is still in a fragile state after surgery.


If I’m unhappy with the outcome of a previous rhinoplasty, how long do I have to wait before I can get another one?

It is recommended to wait 1 year before a revision surgery is performed since it takes a year for the swelling to completely subside and the tissue to heal properly.


Are there any challenges to a revision rhinoplasty?

A revision surgery is challenging because the nasal support structures such as the bone and cartilage, are weakened after the first surgery. It is important to see an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon to ensure the best and safest results so that the nasal bridge does not collapse.


There is still scar tissue prevalent after my first surgery, what can I do?

An excess amount of scar tissue can be removed under local anesthesia.


What are some common reasons people get a revision rhinoplasty?

Under or over-projection of the nose, asymmetry, uneven nostril sizes, bumps, breathing issues, or a collapsed bridge or nostril.


When are grafts used?

A cartilage graft can be used to reshape the bridge or the tip of the nose. Grafts are often used in a revision rhinoplasty if the cartilage or bone is not strong enough to properly reshape.


If I’ve had multiple prior rhinoplasties that I am not happy with, am I still a candidate for another surgery?

Although there are more complications when there are more surgeries, Dr. Kassir is experienced enough to work with you to achieve your nose goal through another surgery.


Am I able to get a nonsurgical nose job if I’ve had a surgical rhinoplasty already?

Yes, nonsurgical fillers can be used to correct asymmetry, an underprojected nose, a slight bump, or to contour the nose.